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Ringo Starr, Barry Gibb tapped by Queen Elizabeth for the British knighthood

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and the Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb are among the four British citizens who are knighted by Queen Elizabeth as part of her New Year’s Honours List.

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Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and the Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb are among the four British citizens who are knighted by Queen Elizabeth as part of her New Year’s Honours List.

The list, published Friday, showed that Starr, 77, was tapped to receive knighthood from the queen, along with Gibb, one of the oldest and last survivor of the brothers that formed the pop group the Bee Gees.

Liverpool Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, was honoured for his services to music, on the basis of the list published by the uk Cabinet Office twice per year.

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The process starts with nominations from the public, which for the first time be reviewed by a specialist committee and then by one of the major awards committee. The nominations are then sent to the prime minister for the various awards are given by the queen and senior royals.

Starr, reacts to his nomination for the knighthood, said: “It is an honor and a pleasure to be considered and recognized for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo.”

The drummer of one of the most famous bands in music history, Starr’s knighthood follows that of fellow band member Paul McCartney, who was given the honour in March 1997. Starr and McCartney are the lone surviving Beatles.

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Gibb, who is recognised for his services to music and charity, said that his knighthood “is as much [his brothers’] of me.”

He said that his brothers and let the band members, the twins Robin and Maurice Gibb, are “responsible” for the honor.

“This is a moment in life to cherish and never forget,” he said.

The Bee Gees formed in the late 1950s, and enjoyed enormous success during the 1970s disco era, consistently topping the single and triumphs with album sales.

Other Britons tapped for knighthood are children’s book author Michael Morpurgo, 74, and former British Deputy Prime minister Nick Clegg, 50, who campaigned to keep Britain in the European Union.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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